The Insider: Rethinking a Carroll Gardens Brownstone for the 21st C.




I DIG THE AUDACITY of Tamara Eaton‘s interior design for this no-compromises reno in Carroll Gardens: a five-story overhaul of a decrepit brownstone by Brooklyn’s CWB Architects, complete with elevator, new roof deck, and lots more (the homeowner’s quote from when I first wrote about this project for New York Cottages and Gardens magazine: “We took it down to the studs, and then we had to replace the studs”). Below, the front parlor nods to formality and tradition with billowy curtains and a crystal chandelier, but over the fireplace hangs digital-age art by contemporary artist Wayne Gonzalez. The furniture mix includes antique Chinese chairs, a yellow leather barrel chair, an Empire style love seat, and a flying-saucer coffee table. To see the rest of the building as it appeared on Brownstoner, go here. 

The Insider: Brand New in Red Hook

TODAY, THE INSIDER (my weekly column for features a pair of newly built townhouses near the Brooklyn waterfront. Designed by CWB Architects, one is a 3,800 square foot home for the property owner’s family (with the lighted garage door, above) — and right next door, a slightly larger building with three rental apartments to pay for it!

I like their straightforward design and how unobtrusively they meld with the context of the street. Not to mention the fabulous roof deck, below.

Click here to see the interior, which is big on Design Within Reach.